Sonia Manzano Leaving Sesame Street

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After 45 years, Sonia Manzano, also known as Maria to countless children and adults, will be leaving Sesame Street. The iconic character has been on the show since 1971 and was just 22 years old when she auditioned while a student at Carnegie Mellon. Manzano who is of Puerto Rican decent, was one of the few Hispanics on National television during the early 1970s and her groundbreaking contribution to the show opened the doors for many other people of Hispanic background. Now 65, the Emmy Award winning actress has announced her retirement. She will be missed!

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Kristin is Editor-in-Chief of I’m Lit Media. Previously, Kristin has written for Hamptons.com and Dan’s Paper’s. Her work has also been featured on numerous blog sites including Hampton’s MouthPiece. During her career, Kristin has interviewed some of the most well known people in the entertainment industry such as Robin Givens, Forest Whitaker, Lorraine Bracco and Russell Simmons. In addition to her love for writing and research, Kristin is an avid adventurer and has traveled to 6 continents, over 20 countries and 31 states.

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